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SportsCenter Anchor Jay Harris, ESPN Executives to Visit SHSJC

ESPN executives will visit the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, as well as other select University departments and classes for ESPN Day on Fri., Feb. 18 to educate students about the station’s internship and career opportunities. Jay Harris, a SportsCenter anchor and Norfolk native, will also be in attendance. The HU Department of Health Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) is hosting the event.

The executives will attend a meet and greet at the Scripps Howard school from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in room 219. Refreshments will be served and a special prize will be raffled off. The day’s main event is an open session for all students from 6 to 8 p.m. in McGrew Towers. Students from Old Dominion (Harris’ alma mater) and Norfolk State universities will also be in attendance.

“We want students to experience everything ESPN has to offer. We want to see if they might be a good fit to work here one day,” Harris said. “We want to try to identify people who have the drive and the tenacity. When you come to a place that’s called the worldwide leader in sports, you have to have a certain mindset to succeed. That’s what we’re looking for.”

“ESPN and I are both excited about this new collaboration,” said Chevelle Hall, HPER Chairperson. “The department of HPER has worked well over a year to secure this partnership so that our students will have access to one of the top sports networks in the world.”

ESPN is based in Bristol, Conn. and was launched in 1979. The cable station has six domestic cable networks, and is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities, according to its website. Also, ESPN Radio is heard on 750 affiliates. Recruiters visit 16 to 20 campuses a semester to draft talent for the station.

For more information contact Professor Joy McDonald at 757.727.5993 or email joy.mcdonald@hamptonu.edu